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Linda, Renter in San Antonio, TX

Can you ask to have rent reduced?

Asked by Linda, San Antonio, TX Sat Jul 5, 2014

Example: I like a house in a specific neighborhood but its $150 more than my budget. Could I ask for the cheaper rent? Has this ever been done?

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It never hurts to ask.............the worst the Landlord can say is "no".

Some rental asking prices may be depends on the house and the area.

Good luck
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 5, 2014
Anything is always negotiable. You can always ask to see if the landlord is willing to take a lower rate. Be aware though, in San Antonio rentals do move quickly here and in the time it takes to get a response on your request for lower rent, another family could have submitted and application and you lost the house. Recommend seeing how long the property has been on the market. Properties that are newer to the market may not be as willing to take a lower rate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 25, 2014
For most home renters, rent checks are the biggest expense of a monthly budget. Talk to your landlord. Remember that turnover is a huge expense for them, so a little give and take can go a long way. Explain your situation and suggest a lower rent for the remainder of the lease period.

If you have the means to pay more rent up front, then you can negotiate an early payment discount. Maybe you can get 5% to 10% off your rent if you pay by the 20th of the prior month.

I recall that my property managers were almost always too busy to talk to tenants, and the supers were always overwhelmed with work. So why not ask the property manager if they need any help? If your property manager or landlord won’t lower your rent outright, doing some tasks around the apartment complex can earn you a nice rent reduction. :)

See if your landlord has a smaller unit available. If you are in a one bedroom, for example, maybe you can move to a studio to reduce the rent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 13, 2014
You can ask for anything but may get nothing reduced. It is worth a shot to ask, but don't be unrealistic with the current market trend.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 13, 2014
You can certainly try to negotiate your rent. You'll never know unless you ask, but there's always a chance that your request could be declined. There is shortage of rentals right now, so keep that in mind, too.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 8, 2014
You bet! Many houses for rent are owned by a local resident. They owner a house or two and rent a few. These owners are the ones most likely to accept a reasonable offer. REASONABLE to them, not to you. Your budget is not relevant.

The carrot Bill refers to is significant. Add to that list offering to PAINT the exterior in exchange for a $150 a month ($1,800 a year) reduction. And this may continue for multiple years...that adds up.

Be aware, their is a growing shortage of affordable rental housing.
Be creative.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 6, 2014
Why not? The way I see it, you can ask for anything. Just be prepared to accept not having your request granted. It helps to have a carrot presented that offers the landlord something in return. painting or other maintenance, pay rent in advance, supervise other rental interests for the owner, etc. Be creative......

Good luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 6, 2014
Absolutely, particularly if it's been available for awhile the owner/landlord may be willing to negotiate. It never hurts to ask, the most they can say is no. It helps if you're able to show the owner why you'd be a great tenant and worth their cutting the price a little. but I would not hesitate to offer what you're comfortable with and see what happens.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 6, 2014
You can ask a landlord anything you want but be sure to have good reason to back it up. It's always best to negotiate this up front.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 6, 2014
It's been done, but there are no guarantees unless you decide not to ask. Offer what you can, let them accept, decline or offer a compromise. Maybe you start at your budget now for 6 months and it goes up to the advertised rent for the next 6 months after you've had a raise.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 5, 2014
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